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That’s “death metal plus”, one could call it! The high flyers from Regensburg impress with their very own, innovative style of music: Complex arrangements and progressive song structures meeting with brute force, an enormous portion of groove – and some really catchy hooklines. Established in 2004, BURDEN OF LIFE have long since made a name for themselves throughout the German metal scene with their strikingly versatile sound.

Burden Of Life were founded in 2004, the first show followed in June 2006. The first demo was released in February 2007 and the full-length debut “Ashes Of Existence” was released in November 2008. In 2010 the EP “In The Wake Of My Demise” was produced. One year later the band won the Metal Only Band Contest. As a result Burden Of Life signed with Firefield Records and the concept album “The Vanity Syndrome” was released in 2013. In 2015 the new album “In Cycles” was recorded and is now released on April 29th via Noizgate Records.



CHRISTIAN KÖTTERL

Christian Kötterl

Instrument:
Guitars & Leadvocals

Birthdate:
February 26th 1988

Equipment:
Jackson RR-1
Jackson KE-2
Jackson Adrian Smith Dinky MN
Peavey 6505+
Peavey 412JS
BOSS DD-20 Giga Delay
BOSS RV-6 Digital Reverb
BOSS FB-2 Feedback/Booster
ISP Technologies Decimator
KORG Pitchblack Tuner
Dunlop Jazz III Picks
D'Addario .010-.052 Strings

Favorite Bands:
Iron Maiden, Between The Buried And Me, Dire Straits, Sonata Arctica, Queen

Favorite Concert:
Iron Maiden, Munich 2003

Favorite Burden Of Life Song:
At The Heart Of Infinity

MICHAEL SCHAFBERGER

Michael Schafberger

Instrument:
Guitars & Backingvocals

Birthdate:
March 13th 1988

Equipment:
Mayones Regius Pro 7 Custom Shop
ESP Formula FR BKS
Koch Powertone 2
Laney GS412PS Box
Morley VAI-II Bad Horsie Wah
TC Electronic Vortex Flanger
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
TC Electronic Corona Chorus
TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper
BOSS PS-6 Harmonist
ISP Technologies Decimator
KORG Pitchblack Tuner
G LAB GSC-3 System Control
Dunlop Jazz III Picks
Ernie Ball .010-.062 Cobalt Strings

Favorite Bands:
Between The Buried And Me, Blind Guardian,
Devin Townsend, Haken, Opeth

Favorite Concert:
Soilwork, Wacken 2006

Favorite Burden Of Life Song:
52 Hz


KARL ARNOLD BODARWÉ

Karl Arnold Bodarwé

Instrument:
Bass & Backingvocals

Birthdate:
February 27th 1990

Equipment:
Spector NS-5H2
Spector Rebop 5
Peavey T.B. Raxx Preamp
TC Electronics BH 250
Gallien Krueger NEO 410 Cab
Elixir Strings

Favorite Bands:
Opeth, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater,
Steven Wilson, Nine Inch Nails

Favorite Concert:
Opeth, Backstage Munich 2014

Favorite Burden Of Life Song:
At The Heart Of Infinity

MATTHIAS BABL

Matthias Babl

Instrument:
Drums

Birthdate:
January 6th 1987

Equipment:
Pearl Masters MMP Series
Sabian/Zildjian/Meinl Cymbals
Pearl Joey Jordison Signature Snare
Sonor Horst Link Signature Snare
Pro Mark TXR5BW 5B Hickory Wood Tip
Evans Drumheads
DDrum Bassdrumtrigger
Alesis DM5 Drummodul
TAMA Rythm Watch RW 105
Vic Firth 5a Sticks
Vic Firth Headphones
Pearl Eliminator Pedals

Favorite Bands:
Between The Buried And Me, Mastodon, Hypocrisy,
Stones Sour, Dream Theater, Devin Townsend

Favorite Concert:
Motörhead, Wacken 2006

Favorite Burden Of Life Song:
Behold A Burning Soul

Upcoming Shows

You want us to play at your show?
Book us under contact@burdenoflife.de


Past Shows

Discography


IN CYCLES

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(LP 2016)


01. Amour Fou
02. In Cycles
03. Devil In The Detox
04. 52 Hz
05. Kafkaesque
06. The Narcissist
07. Latern Slides
08. At The Heart Of Infinity


Line-Up

Christian Kötterl - Vocals, Guitars
Michael Schafberger - Guitars
Karl Arnold Bodarwé - Bass
Matthias Babl - Drums



All Music & Lyrics by Kötterl
All Songs arranged by Burden Of Life
Additional Keyboard arrangements by Enrico Hahn

Guest Musicians:
Enrico Hahn - Keyboards & Programming
Klara Truong - Vocals on 1 & 8
Jan Jansohn - Guitar Solo on 6
Friederike Eisenberg - Solo Cello on 1

Friederike Eisenberg, Almuth Luick, Claudia Merkel-Hoffmann,
Jane Sage - String Quartet on 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8

Karl-Arnold Bodarwé, Leonard Bodarwé, Ralf Brandes, Stella Ehrl,
Stefan Linska, Andi Rapp, Michael Schafberger, Patrick Schwarzwald,
Klara Troung, Nadine Wolter, Pia Zeitler - Choir on 2,3,5,6 & 8

Recorded and Engineered at Empire Studios Bensheim between September 2014 and July 2015 by Rolf Munkes
Mixed at Empire Studios in August 2015 by Rolf Munkes
Mastered at Hansen Studios in September 2015 by Jacob Hansen

Produced by Christian Kötterl & Burden Of Life
Co-Produced by Rolf Munkes

Layout by Karl-Arnold Bodarwé
Artwork by Nicolas Symeou and Ann-Kathrin Müller
Photos by Markus Freitag Fotografie

THE VANITY SYNDROME

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(LP 2013)

01. Vanity's Overture
02. Delusive Egomania
03. Cardiac Catharsis
04. Praise The Loss
05. Dead Inside - The Severance Cantata Pt. I
06. Our Union's Eulogy - The Severance Cantata Pt. II
07. Dissolutio Vanitatis
08. Enslaved By Liberty
09. Beyond The Breaking Point
10. Rightful Salvation
11. Vanity's Crown


Line-Up

Christian Kötterl - Vocals, Guitars
Michael Schafberger - Guitars
Karl Arnold Bodarwé - Bass
Matthias Babl - Drums
Tobias Haimerl - Keyboards



All Music by Kötterl except
Track 4, Music by Kötterl/Schafberger

All Lyrics by Kötterl

All Songs arranged by Burden Of Life

Guest Musicians:
Marzipan Quartett - String quartet on 11
Heartchor Regensburg - Choir on 4, 7, 8, 10 and 11
Jennifer Kothe - Female Vocals and Voice on 1, 6, 9 and 10
Jonas Behringer - Trumpet on 9

Heartchor Regensburg conducted by Markus Dankesreiter

Groovy Gangshouts on 2, 4, 5 and 9 by The Boys featuring Batzal unfeaturing Haimi


Recorded and Engineered at Empire Studios, Bensheim
from March 30th to April 15th 2012 and from June 1st to June 8th 2012 by Rolf Munkes
Mixed and Mastered at Empire Studios, Bensheim in summer 2012 by Rolf Munkes

Produced by Christian Kötterl & Burden Of Life
Co-Produced by Rolf Munkes

Layout by Karl-Arnold Bodarwé & Christian Kötterl
Artwork by Jennifer Wüstling
Photos by Cris Vain

IN THE WAKE OF MY DEMISE

itwomd


(EP 2010)


01. Your Ruin, My Relief
02. Breathing The Soil
03. Behold A Burning Soul
04. In The Wake Of My Demise


Line-Up

Christian Kötterl - Vocals, Guitars
Michael Schafberger - Guitars
Karl Arnold Bodarwé - Bass
Matthias Babl - Drums
Tobias Haimerl - Keyboards


All Music & Lyrics by Kötterl
All Songs arranged by Burden Of Life


Guest Musicians:
Bernhard Hopfenmüller - Cello
Rebekka Laufer - Viola
Johanna Meßner - Violin
Sabine Radies - Violin


Layout & Artwork by Julius Kreupl

Recorded and Engineered at Audiolodge Studios, Gaibach
from April 12th to 18th 2010 by Sven Peks and Jochen Lutz
Mixed at Audiolodge Studios, Gaibach by Sven Peks and Jochen Lutz
Mastered at Aexxys-Art Studios, Schwandorf in summer 2010 by Stephan Fimmers


ASHES OF EXISTENCE

itwomd


(LP 2008)


01. Defaced Deity
02. Veracity
03. Grey The Fire That Still Burns In Our Eyes
04. Dynasty Without A Future
05. I, My Demon, His Wrath
06. Bleeding Forevermore
07. Beloved Sanctuary
08. Of Father And Son
09. The Endless March
10. Ashes Of Existence


Line-Up

Christian Kötterl - Vocals, Guitars
Michael Schafberger - Guitars
Fabian Bleil - Bass
Matthias Babl - Drums
Tobias Haimerl - Keyboards


All Music by Kötterl except
7 and 10 Music by Ludwig,
1 Music by Haimerl,
2 Music by Kötterl/Haimerl,
5 Music by Ludwig/Kötterl and
6 Music by Kötterl/Schafberger

All Lyrics by Stefanov except
2, 8 and 9 Lyrics by Kötterl and
6 Lyrics by Diestelmann

All Songs arranged by Burden Of Life


Layout and Photos by Daniel Schneider
Artwork by Johanna Seidemann

Recorded and Engineered at Musikwerkstatt, Frauenberg
between December 2007 and June 2008 by Burden Of Life and Frank Doll
Mixed and Mastered at Rockshow Studio, Straubing in summer 2008 by Florian Apfl

BURDEN OF LIFE

demo


(Demo 2007)


01. Intro
02. Perish Or Repent
03. Gasoline Bath
04. My Own King
05. Fallen From Grace With My Heart
06. Lost In Your Divinity
07. In Search For Salvation
08. Harmony Of Death
09. Isolated In My Shell Of Madness
10. Burden Of Life
11. Outro


Line-Up

Raffael Diestelmann - Vocals
Christian Kötterl - Guitars
Michael Schafberger - Guitars
Philipp Ludwig - Bass
Matthias Babl - Drums
Tobias Haimerl - Keyboards


All Music by Kötterl except
2 and 5 Music by Kötterl/Haimerl,
1 Music by Haimerl,
6 Music by Diestelmann and
11 Music by Ludwig

All Lyrics By Kötterl except
2, 5 and 6 Lyrics by Diestelmann

All Songs arranged by Burden Of Life


Layout & Artwork by Christian Kötterl & Philipp Ludwig

Recorded at our rehearsal place Alte Mälzerei, Regensburg
between April and November 2006 by Burden Of Life
Mixed by Frank Doll

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Contact


Burden Of Life

Christian Kötterl
Reithmayrstr. 15
D-93051 Regensburg
contact@burdenoflife.de


Webmaster

Michael Schafberger
webmaster@burdenoflife.de

Record Label

Noizgate Records

NOIZGATE Records
c/o NUVINCI GmbH
Sudbrackstraße 17
D-33611 Bielefeld
info@noizgate.com
http://www.noizgate.net/

Partners

Spector Basses
http://www.spectorbass.com/

New Wave Of German Metal
http://www.nwogm.de/

Rolf Munkes - Empire Studios
http://www.empire-studios.de/

Markus Freitag - Fotografie
http://www.fotografiefreitag.de/